Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

Lesson 46 of 60

Culling Model Shoot Images


Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography

Lesson 46 of 60

Culling Model Shoot Images


Lesson Info

Culling Model Shoot Images

So first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go through some of these shots that we went through, mentally dissect them like I always do when I'm working on images. This one here I actually paused on this because this gives me an idea for a shot going forward in the future. So maybe if I was doing some and I don't do, I don't shoot a ton of engagement photos or anything like that but maybe if I was to, something like this concept would be kinda fun that shows a little bit of the setting above here, so you have like the paper, maybe I'll bring it down a little bit lower, but like tiny humans in environment. So, that just kinda gets my brain thinking where something in the future that maybe could be fun. So, I actually have, I'm gonna star that one as a two so that when I come back into Capture One and I'm looking at this catalog of images later I can look at it and be like oh yeah, that's right. So maybe in six months or a year from now, I'll do something with it or maybe next week but it's...

just a matter of you know, waiting for that experience and that opportunity to come to come to fruition so. So from here we're just going to fly through the photos. This one here I quite liked but of course you remember how I was saying that this area on the elbow was just a little bit weird, and if I notice it I guarantee you somebody on the internet is gonna call me out for it, so we're gonna go next. That on was intentionally shot a little bit differently. And so we're just kinda like chipping away at the poses here. So these are her hands, it's not too bad, but I mean it's still like we said this her body ratio is not this, so this is making her a little bit shorter so we'll probably pull it out a little bit in post-production. But we're just kinda sliding along here and I'm oh yeah you know these are not too bad, I might steal the hair from this one so I'm gonna mark that as a three, cause it you know just maybe if the pose at the side going forward in the future, I wanna add a little bit of texture, a little bit of movement, maybe I'm gonna do that, so I'm just making a note of it. And those are her face there going back and forth. These are kinda pretty but not really talking to me; it's very nice. And this is getting a lot nicer. Very soft, very pretty again. And that's really nice and that's the one I wound up picking right there. So that's very pretty. So I'm just kinda like literally just scanning through them. I knew when I shot it though that which one I was probably gonna work on. Actually after we finished filming, I was hit with an idea and so I shot a couple extra frames as I sometimes do, and I just had her turn her body a little bit, and we just had a couple people throwing fabric, and I wound up loving this one. I really, really, really like this one; it's very pretty. We kept the lighting setup the same, I just had her turn her back to me and just look over the shoulder. So, we're gonna start working on this one, but if for some reason it's just kinda bugging me and like I said, remember yesterday I was saying I pay attention to what's in here and I pay attention to the left side of my brain, if this is starting to feel kinda funny, I might jump over and try the other image so we're gonna probably bring both of them into Photoshop, I'm gonna look at the file with compared to the background image that I wanna use, and just see which one's gonna, I'm just gonna look at them and see which one's gonna jump out at me a little bit better.

Class Description

With the right Photoshop know-how and studio shoot experience, you can merge fact and fiction into a reality that lives up to your imagination. Renee Robyn has made a career of turning everyday photos from her travels into eye-catching images. Robyn will teach you how to add people and other elements to your existing landscape photos using ethereal custom effects.

Join us for “Creating Your Reality with Composite Photography” and you’ll learn:

  • How to choose or set up a shoot for your background image
  • How to direct posing during a shoot, and work with directional light in studio to make your subject fit into the background image
  • How to composite your subject into your image using Photoshop

Photo compositing allows you to breathe interesting ideas into your photos. Open your hard drive, walk into your memory, and turn past experiences into fantastic new realities.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. Why You Should Sketch Your Composite
  3. What to Look for in Your Background
  4. Posing Your Model
  5. Communicate with Your Team
  6. Elements of Compositing
  7. Learning from Failure & Criticism
  8. On-Location Safety Tips
  9. How to Nail the Right Perspective for Your Composite Photo
  10. Gauging Light & Exposure On-Location
  11. On-Location Posing
  12. Cliff Shoot Location Final Thoughts
  13. Tips for Culling Images
  14. Culling Images Q&A
  15. Preparing Your Image for Composite
  16. Composite Image Cleanup
  17. Adding Background Image to Composite
  18. The Difference Between Flow & Opacity
  19. Composite Sky Elements
  20. Using Curves to Color Match
  21. Adding Atmospheric Depth to Image
  22. Using Color Efex Pro to Manipulate Color
  23. Using the Liquify Tool
  24. Color Theory & Monitor Calibration
  25. Adding Smoke Layer to Image
  26. Selective Sharpening
  27. Crop Your Image
  28. Goal Setting for Digital Artists
  29. Review of Location Composite
  30. Understand Angle & Height for Your Base Plate Image
  31. Base Plate Focus Point
  32. Base Plate Lighting Tips
  33. How to Use a Stand-In for Base Plate Image
  34. Capture On-Location Base Plate Image
  35. Student Positioning Demo
  36. Base Plate Sketching
  37. On-Location Sky Capture
  38. What to Look for in a Base Plate Model
  39. Building Composite Model Lighting
  40. Composite Model Test Shots for Angle Matching
  41. Composite Model Shoot: The Art of Fabric Throwing
  42. Composite Model Shoot: Working with Hair
  43. Composite Model Shoot: Posing Techniques
  44. Composite Test with Final Shot
  45. Lighting Setup Overview
  46. Culling Model Shoot Images
  47. Adjusting Skintone Colors
  48. Merging Background with Model
  49. How to Mask Hair
  50. Creating a Layer Mask with the Brush Tool
  51. Creating Shadow Layers
  52. Removing Visual Distractions with Stamp Tool
  53. Replacing Sky with Layer Mask
  54. Drawing Hair Strands and Atmospheric Depth
  55. Creating Contrast in Your Composite
  56. Adding Atmospheric Elements
  57. Using Particle Shop
  58. Selective Color Adjustments
  59. Cropping, Sharpening, & Final Touches
  60. Closing Thoughts


Dino Maez

i have to say, the class was AMAZING! in every way from the tricks and technique's of mastering this art form to the personalized attention given by Renee. through the class you are able to learn information that would normally take the average person years of trial and error. Renee gives you the gift of benefitting from her her experiences and what she has learned THE HARD WAY! Renee is an outstanding instructor full of passion for what she does, and with a strong desire to not only improve the art, but more importantly, pay it forward, by sharing her knowledge with others. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the event in person, truly a once in a lifetime experience for me, the staff at creative live were THE BEST! they are helpful in every way and really made this event something special, i can't say enough about the experience i had and would highly recommend that anyone who has the opportunity to go down for a class, it will be an experience that you will never forget. but the best part of creative live is that wether you are there in person or wether you are watching from the comfort of your own home, you are involved in the class in REAL TIME, you have the ear and attention of the skilled artist giving the instruction, being there myself i can tell you that Renee was regularly given questions and comments from the viewers via the creative live staff and she would respond to them as they came, in that way you are very much apart of the class you are never left without getting that personalized attention of an amazing artist or that specific question you have answered, and even better you have the option to purchase the class and have it as a constant resource in your tool kit that you can refer back to at any point that you need a refresher or want to recall that special technique that was demonstrated. thank you thank you to renee and all the staff at creative live you have a life long member in me. and i would recomend that everyone take advantage of this valuable resource dino maez

Sheldon Carvalho

Awesome class. I've been following Renee for a very long time. I love her work and to finally see her work and get an image done from start to finish was quite something.. I love the way she sees things and the way she treats her work and all fellow creative. I would recommend this to everyone interested in getting into composting. Looking forward to creating and making my own art work. But it now :) Have fun creating. :)

Tristan Wilhelm

Very good class. I enjoyed the very friendly, approachable and quirky style Renee teaches with. I did feel, as others have said that she could get off on bunny trails and tell stories and I was glad for Creative Live's option to speed up the video. But great tips and it was extremely helpful watching it how she would do it. Thank you much Renee, and also, I'm a PC user that unites with you.